Hundreds of Form Seven students with word-perfect memories have been penalised in the Advanced-level Chinese language examinations for repeating parts of 'model essays' from a private tutorial school. They were not given any marks for their memorised paragraphs because, the examiners ruled, such practices defeated the exam's purpose - to test writing skills. Choi Chee-cheong, the Examination Authority secretary, said about 600 students presented memorised work in a Chinese language and culture exam paper. The question required a 600-word essay on an introduction to Hong Kong's traditional Chinese festivals for the Hong Kong Tourist Association. Tutors from the private school had prepared 'model essays' on the Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival. The subject officer for the authority, Fung Luk-tak, said the students had used the same words and sentence structures as the private school. Even mistakes in the model essays, such as the international dragon boat race was held in Repulse Bay, were repeated in the exam. Mr Fung said: 'Some students, instead of thinking of other similar words to express their feelings, blanked the space when they forgot some difficult words used in the 'model essays'. Two girls aged 13 and 14 attempted suicide with sleeping tablets and cough syrup at their Kwai Chung school last night after learning they had failed their examinations. A schoolmate saw the pair taking the medicine and called police. One girl had left a note in her room which read: 'I don't want to live because of the pressure of the school examinations.' They were in a fair condition at Princess Margaret Hospital last night.